November 22, 2014 |
Philadelphia City Council took up two measures Thursday aimed at employing veterans: one that gives tax breaks to vets and the other to companies that hire them. Under a newly proposed bill, veterans who become police officers, firefighters, or paramedics would be eligible for a tax break amounting to about $1,100 for a person earning $46,000 annually. The bill, sent to a subcommittee for review, is the first introduced by Councilman Ed Neilson since he took office in August. Neilson said Thursday that it would help fill any potential void left from officers retiring through the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)
November 21, 2014 |
IN A DECISION that Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey called "disappointing," an arbitrator on Wednesday moved to reinstate fired Philadelphia narcotics cop Jeffrey Cujdik. Ramsey booted Cujdik from the force in May, following a long-running Internal Affairs investigation into allegations that the veteran cop lied on search warrants and had an inappropriate relationship with an informant - and then lied about both to investigators. The allegations were first unearthed in the 2009 Daily News series "Tainted Justice.
November 20, 2014 |
From his barbershop at Seventh and Bigler Streets, Darin Capo has seen all the concrete giants rise - the Wells Fargo Center in 1996, Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, Citizens Bank Park in 2004 - and worried how each would affect the neighborhood. When a customer stopped by Tuesday to say a new neighbor, a $425 million casino, had just gotten the go-ahead to move in, Capo was struck with déjà vu. But also with hope - that it would be good for business despite the mixed response from the men who sit in his barber's chair.
November 17, 2014 |
Even with 3 percent growth last quarter and unemployment at 5.8 percent, the lowest rate since the summer of 2008, Americans still worry about the economy, and with good reason. While available jobs have increased at the top and the bottom of the pay scale, not much is happening in between. The country's vast middle class is also treading stagnant water when it comes to wages, which grew an average of 2 percent over the last year, barely outpacing the 1.7 percent inflation rate. Exit polls during the recent midterm elections showed that 78 percent of voters were troubled by the economy's direction, with two-thirds saying it's getting worse.
November 16, 2014 |
Gov. Christie's chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, will step down this month to work for Cooper University Hospital in Camden, nearly a year after the governor named O'Dowd his pick for attorney general. O'Dowd, whose selection as attorney general never moved forward after controversy arose over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, will serve as senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Cooper, where he will focus on business development, Christie officials said.
November 13, 2014 |
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross plans to make jobs and the economy his priority, he said Wednesday, including working to extend long-term unemployment benefits. House Republicans did not vote on an extension of benefits this year, but in a call with reporters, Norcross said the measure was essential for residents of New Jersey and other states. "There are many, many people who need that lifeline," he said. Norcross, a Camden County Democrat, last week defeated Republican former Eagles player Garry Cobb for the First Congressional District seat with 57 percent of the vote.
November 10, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's defense did what it was supposed to do: The defensive ends pressured and contained the edge, the defensive tackles shed blocks without much issue, and the linebackers identified and filled any open gaps. This isn't new; the Nittany Lions have been nearly impenetrable all season long. But to do it against arguably the nation's top rusher and not allow themselves to get complacent on a single play was further evidence that this defense is elite.
November 10, 2014 |
AFTER ANNOUNCING the long-expected decision to make Jim Curtin the club's permanent head coach, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz yesterday said ownership continues to evaluate the optimal technical management structure for moving forward. Sakiewicz didn't commit to hiring a general manager or sporting director, but said to anticipate "lots of announcements over the next 3 months. " "Players, staff, structure," Sakiewicz said, "forward thinking, and I hope everybody's excited about it. " Finally shedding the interim tag he held since June 10, Curtin will lead the Union's first team "in all aspects," Sakiewicz said, and "along with his staff, he will be fully responsible for all player identification, recruiting, signings, transfers and trades.
November 6, 2014 |
Villanova coach Jay Wright was the perfect host to his former boss, Rollie Massimino, and members of the Wildcats' 1985 national championship team Tuesday night at the Pavilion until the ball went up for the opening tip against Massimino's Northwood team. Once that happened, Wright intently studied his 12th-ranked Wildcats and yelled at his players and corrected them just as if it had been a regular-season Big East game. One of the questions Wright considered through the preseason was who would be his fifth starter.
October 30, 2014 |
It has been a rough two years for Scott Smith of National Park since he lost his job in manufacturing. However, he remained optimistic Tuesday alongside the other hopeful candidates who filled the Collingswood Grand Ballroom at the Camden County Job Fair. "I'm looking for anything," said Smith, 55. "Two years is a long time. " While the attendees looking for a job represented a wide spread of age and education levels, the potential employers were no less diverse. More than 100 companies, from newspapers to Pepsi-Cola, were looking for candidates to hire.